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Effort To Speed Exports Of LNG Hits A Roadblock In Senate

The amendment would have tied LNG exports to Ukraine aid package.

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has marked up a bill to provide aid to Ukraine, in the wake of Russian moves to annex Crimea. The bill goes to the Senate floor without an amendment that would speed up U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas.

Sen. John Barasso, R-WY, proposed the amendment to approve LNG exports to Ukraine and to NATO allies in Eastern Europe. Ukraine is heavily dependent on Russia as an energy supplier.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, ruled the amendment out of order. Among other objections, Menendez said both the Energy and Banking Committees claimed jurisdiction over the issue of LNG exports.

Barbara Shook, a Houston reporter for Energy Intelligence, said American export facilities for LNG are still two years away from completion.

“All of the output from that is already dedicated by contract to buyers in Asia, and you would have to get permission from the buyers to sell it to consumers in Europe or other markets.”

Barrasso said he would introduce his amendment directly to the Senate floor.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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